The work, dedication and service that SISD’s 8,000-plus volunteers and parent volunteers gave during the 2017-2018 school year was recognized at the annual spring SISD Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon.
“Our volunteer program is one that sets our district apart from the others,” Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. said. “Every year, I reflect on how lucky we are to have so many volunteers at all of our schools. It keeps growing and getting better and better. We thank you.”
Superintendent Espinoza, the SISD Board of Trustees, the cabinet, principals, teachers and staff district-wide attended the event at ESC Region 19 Head Start Multi-Purpose Center.
In 2017-2018, SISD volunteers worked some 111,700 service hours valued at more than $2.9 million. They helped in numerous ways, including monitoring to ensure students were safe at lunch and recess and helping create fundraisers for different needs.
They also worked alongside faculty and staff to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities provided to SISD students.
“We honor these exceptional volunteers, celebrating the power of the individuals that spark change and improve the lives of our students,” said Rachel Tarango, SISD coordinator of the parent volunteer program.
The recognition event honored the Campus Volunteers of the Year and also honored several individuals and organizations for their outstanding service.
The District Elementary Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Yolanda Marquez from Robert Rojas Elementary School. Marquez was chosen for her tireless work at the school, including organizing the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances, promoting a safe social environment, and helping with the perfect attendance program.
“I really like helping the community,” Marquez said. “It brings me happiness and satisfaction. To see those students smiling is the best feeling.”
The District Secondary Volunteer of the Year was Steven Kelley from Montwood High School. Kelley, who began volunteering when his children started high school, was honored because he helped balance the band booster budgets, cooked and grilled at all band functions, and was always there to help with the band set up.
“It was all about the kids,” Kelley said. “I truly enjoyed myself.”
The Youth Volunteer of the Year went to Omar Bustillos from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School. He led the principal’s advisory committee, created a birthday club, and went above and beyond for faculty and staff, such as surprising teachers with hot chocolate and cookies.
Moises Alvarez from Mission Ridge Elementary School won the Military Volunteer of the Year. Alvarez assisted with campus activities, donated heaters and Christmas trees and gifts to Mission Ridge families, and helped the counselor with student activities on a regular basis.
The Healthier Team SISD award was given to the Hurshel Antwine Elementary School Football Friday program. The program encouraged parents to participate in athletic activities with their children creating stronger bonds and communication.
The Top Five Parent Organization winners were Wrangler Round-Up from Sierra Vista Elementary School, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School Knights PTA, Loma Verde Elementary School decorating committee, the Montwood High School Ram Band and A-Team Boosters, and the Lujan-Chavez Elementary School volunteer program.